James, who returned to the Cavaliers and his native Ohio this summer after winning two
Carmelo Anthony scored 25 points and buried a jumper with James in his face with 25 seconds left to give the Knicks a 92-87 lead.
Kyrie Irving scored 22 and Kevin Love added 19 points and 14 rebounds for the Cavaliers, who have some work to do before they can start thinking about any titles.
Iman Shumpert and
James was greeted with a thunderous ovation before the game by Cleveland fans, who had been counting down the days until the opener since he announced his return in a touching essay on July 11.
This was more than a game for Cleveland. It was a homecoming, an event and a citywide block party rolled into one.
The Knicks wrecked it.
at Minnesota 97, Detroit 91:
Washington 105, at Orlando 98: